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davidlian is an ultra-geeky chinese dude that works for a technology PR agency. He loves fiddling with techno-toys, plays Warhammer 40K, and shoots pictures wherever he goes. Here, he rants about PR, Technology and anything else. Don't expect balance and un-biased, he ain't no journalist. Anything said on this blog are solely davidlian's personal views. Don't confuse them with company mantra, client's views or views of any organisation he may be part of.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Blogs to Criticise the Government?

There was a rather interesting story in The Star today that quoted former Minister of Energy, Water and Communication Datuk Seri Lim Keng Yaik as saying Gerakan would start blog-monitoring and even perhaps employ "blogging" as a counter-measure.

He (Datuk Seri Lim Keng Yaik) added that Gerakan would set up a team to monitor opinions voiced in blogs and websites on the Internet and maybe even come out with their own blogs to criticise the governments in the five states which fell to the Opposition.
Here's a two-point opinion.

No.1: Blog monitoring does work. Many corporations have blog-monitoring programmes in place. So use it. Know what people are saying and use that information constructively. If you're going to do this, BEST!

No. 2: Forget about setting up your own blogs if the explicit agenda is to criticise the government (By which we assume the "Opposition" governments in Selangor and Penang).

The number one thing a blog has to be -especially a blog coming from a political party - is authentic, real and about issues, not being critical for the sake of criticism. The thing is: you can blog all you want, but who's going to read? The people who read blogs aren't reading it because they support the Opposition (contrary to common perception), they are reading it because they find the person posting makes a fair argument, is worth listening to, and is well-versed in issues surrounding Malaysians.

Oh, and please stay away from setting up a phony-blog by an "independent" blogger. The backlash will be far worse than what these guys got.


Johnny Ong said...

the bn govt just realised they lost out badly due to them neglecting the internet just because they have full control of the newspapers and tv stations

davidlian said...

@johnny ong: Either that or they just lost touch, plain and simple.